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Black Canyon City Community Cleanup!

The Cleanup will be at the transfer station on 21000 E. Landfill Rd. open to Yavapai County residents at no charge on February 26th, 28th, and 29th and March 4th, 6th, and 7th from 8am to 4pm. Commercial loads will not be accepted. For more information please call 928-771-3183.


Water/Ways Smithsonian Exhibit- Catch it before it leaves!

Last Chance Water/Ways Exhibit  You have just a few more days to see the FREE Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit with the local Agua Fria Watershed Display at the Cañon Elementary School (34630 S. School Loop Rd, Black Canyon City, AZ 85324). Open Wednesday January 22 at 4 PM to 7 PM, Saturday January 25 at noon to 4 PM, and Sunday January 26 at 4 PM to 7 PM.  This exhibit covers more than 700 square feet and provides you the chance to explore the essential roles of water in our lives. See more at

Movie Night – Water/Ways  January 23, 5 PM to 6 PM – Water/Ways short 3-6 minute movies at the Cañon Elementary School (34630 S. School Loop Rd, Black Canyon City, AZ 85324).  Movies include “Sleeping Giant” a Black Canyon City documentary produced by Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication students plus more from Smithsonian Institute and Arizona State University such as: “Sharing the Colorado River; John Wesley Powell Sees the Future of Water in the West” and “Don't Waste Wastewater - Arizona Center of Algae Technology”.  You will have time to see the exhibit in the room next door after the movies.

Oasis on the Agua Fria River  Raffle Drawing for this Framed Gary Bennett Original Oil Painting (value $800) will be held Sunday, January 26, 2020, 2:30 PM at the Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit held at Cañon Elementary School (34630 S. School Loop Rd, Black Canyon City, AZ 85324). You do not need to be present to win.  Tickets for sale at Black Canyon Heritage Park Visitor Center, Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit or select raffle option at

4th Annual WinterFest – BookFest  Celebrate our region's cultural, historical, recreational and resources in a family-friendly environment at Black Canyon Heritage Park, 33955 S. Old Black Canyon Hwy, Black Canyon City, AZ 85324 on January 25, 10 AM to 2 PM. FREE to meet and mingle with over 30 exhibitors.  Refreshments for purchase.  Special interest to children of all ages  - Smokey the Bear; live wildlife (raptors, other birds, reptiles and more); desert plants, fire truck, and local arts/crafts!  Plus, you will be able to find treasures at the silent auction – you do not have to be present to win. See more and exhibitor list at

Spring Creek Development Sent Back to Planning and Zoning

On January 15, 2020, at the regular Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting in Cottonwood, the applicants Eric and Lisa Borowsky, requested a continuance for a zoning map change of approximately 282 acres, known as Spring Creek, until the March 18, 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting. 

Yavapai County Development Services Director, David C. Williams, informed the Board that they could go ahead with the continuance or, by direction of the board, remand the application back to the Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z).  Mr. Williams said, “The Planning and Zoning Commission had reviewed the old plans but had not seen the plans since the applicant made changes, based on public input.” 

Yavapai County Board of Supervisor, Vice-Chairman Randy Garrison said, "I really appreciate that the applicant has taken the concerns expressed in regards to this application seriously, and wants to reach out and engage our community in hope of finding some common ground and shared benefits."

Supervisor Simmons made a motion to remand the application back to the Planning and Zoning commission and Supervisor Thurman seconded the motion stating, I think this is the right thing to do since the applicant has made substantial changes to the original plan, and because the P&Z commission was mixed on their vote, they had not provided the board with clear direction.” The Board vote was unanimous in agreement. 


Construction Begins at Cordes Library!

Phase One of Remodel Starts with New Parking Lot

Monday, January 13th, work begins to turn the long-vacant lot [donated by the library’s Friends group] behind the library into a new parking area for 19 vehicles.  The parking lot will present a valuable increase in capacity for the library, which regularly hosts events and programs that are full to capacity.  When the parking lot is level and usable, construction on the new meeting room addition [Phase2] to the front of the building will begin and should go into April. Friends of the Cordes Lakes Public Library Chairman Ron Karn remarked recently, “It’s about time!” during a discussion of the expansion.  Friends Treasurer Karen Trovillian added that “the new addition is a welcome asset to our community, and we’re looking forward to the Grand Re-Opening this summer!” Internal renovations [Phase 3] will follow the construction of the meeting room, and the final phase, slated for late May or early June, will be the paving of both new and old parking areas.  The library will be open during most of the project. The Library District will notify the public of any temporary closures.

Friends of the Library are raising money to outfit the new meeting room with tables, chairs, and A/V equipment by selling custom bricks that will be used in a memorial/honorific walkway next to the building.  If you would like to support their efforts and honor someone important to you, please visit their website to purchase your bricks!

 This project is a collaboration between the Yavapai County Free Library District, Yavapai County, and Friends of the Cordes Lakes Public Library, with additional funds from the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records. The Yavapai County Free Library District (YCFLD) operates fifteen branch libraries in mostly unincorporated communities.  The YCFLD also partially funds individual municipal libraries and fully funds the Yavapai Library Network (YLN) operations, supporting a consortium of more than 40 public, academic, school and museum libraries in Yavapai County.  YCFLD was established in 1987 by the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, who also serve as the Board of Directors of the Library District.  Yavapai County Free Library District Prescott, AZ 928-771-3191


Residents Reminded Census Bureau workers will be in Yavapai County

As the 2020 Census approaches, Yavapai County residents will begin to see Census Bureau workers out in their communities. However, the public is reminded to ensure they are being visited by an official representative. Decennial Census Address Canvassers, who verify addresses in preparation for the Census, will be in the area through July, and permanent annual surveyors may currently be in Yavapai County.

Census Bureau employees must present an ID badge that includes a photograph of the field representative, a Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Workers may also be carrying a Census Bureau phone or laptop, as well as a bag with a Census Bureau logo.There are several ongoing data collection activities conducted year-round, either in person or by phone, which include:

  • Current Population Survey
  • American Community Survey – Housing Unit
  • National Crime Victimization Survey
  • National Health Interview Survey
  • Consumer Expenditure Survey
  • Survey of Income and Program Participation

American Housing Survey

Residents are encouraged to ask which survey they are responding to and, if they are not sure they are dealing with an official employee, to call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. The public can also call their local law enforcement office to file a report if they suspect suspicious activity.
The timeline for self-response to the 2020 Census will begin in mid-March, when the public will receive an invite via postcard to complete their survey either online or by phone. Residents wishing to respond via mail must request a paper survey. Anyone with a PO Box will have a paper survey dropped off by a Census Bureau employee. 
Census Day will be April 1, 2020. For a list of key dates and timelines visit   and to download a Census fact sheet visit

As the Census date nears, Yavapai County and other local jurisdictions will be keeping residents updated and informed on how and why they should respond to the survey.


Thank you to the Cornville and Beaver Creek Community members who showed up during the Rural Flu Shot Clinics!

Get your free Flu Shots! Oct. 19th or Oct. 21st

Board Meeting Date Change

The October 16, 2019, Board Meeting has been moved to a Special Meeting in Cottonwood on October 15, 2019. *There will be no Board Meeting on October 16, 2019, in Cottonwood.

Johnson Fire Update 9/28

Southwest Area Type 2 Team Transfers Command Back to the Forest

Johnson Fire – September 28  Update This will be the last news release for the Johnson Fire unless there is a significant change in fire activity.

Location:  8 miles south of Prescott, AZ on the Bradshaw Ranger District (T12N, R2W, S16) 

Start Date:  September 22nd

Size:  Approximately 166 acres 

Percent Contained:  75%

Cause:  Under Investigation  

Vegetation:  Brush, Pinyon and Timber

The Prescott National Forest assumed command of the Johnson Fire this morning at 6 AM. Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 3 were highly successful in managing the fire and produced a solid plan for the forest; for any future wildfires that may occur in the area.  Mario Orozco is the Type 4 Incident Commander for the Johnson Fire.  

Fire activity has been minimal with no growth over the last few days. Higher relative humidity helped to assist firefighter’s efforts on the ground. Firefighters will continue to closely monitor the fire on the ground and utilize aerial resources as needed.  The reduced complexity and low intensity of the fire warranted a reduction in resources as crews and equipment continue to de-mobilize. 

Hazards faced by remaining fire crews include poor road access and hazardous trees known as “snags”.  As fire moves through a heavily-wooded area many of the trees left behind are weakened by fire; combined with recent heavy rains and expected winds over the weekend; falling snags pose a real threat to crews working along ridge tops.

Crews near the fire perimeter will continue to mitigate hazards, extinguish hot spots, monitor and patrol the fire area.

Resources:  3 - Engines, 1- Crew, 1 Helicopter and miscellaneous medical resources and overhead personnel.

Campground Update: Upper Wolf Creek Group Campground and all designated dispersed camping sites in the southern portion of the Prescott Basin re-opened yesterday.  Lower Wolf Creek Campground will remain closed for the season.

In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded when traveling along Forest Road 52 (Senator Highway) and Lower Wolf Creek to obey all traffic signs and use caution as firefighters and fire-related traffic will be in the area.   

The public can obtain additional information via the following:

Don't Get Grounded

Will your licence Fly?

Every Arizonan needs to know that beginning October 1, 2020, driver licenses and ID cards without a gold star in the upper right corner will no longer be accepted as identification at airports.  

Johnson Fire Update- September 25, 2019

Fire Information Phone 928-925-1111

Location: 8 miles south of Prescott, AZ on the Bradshaw Ranger District (T12N, R2W, S16)

Start Date: September 22, 2019

Size: Approximately 210 acres Percent Contained: 0

Cause: Under Investigation 

Vegetation: Brush, Pinyon and Timber

Incident Commander: Dave Gesser, Type 2 SW Incident Management Team #3

Summary: Crews arrived on the scene of the fire yesterday morning and worked to secure the perimeter on the north side of the fire. Crews will return to the fire today, continuing to construct direct fire line and mop up heat along the fire perimeter. Recent precipitation assisted firefighters by extinguishing heat in lighter fuels, but significant heat remains in heavier fuels, mainly on the north side of the fire where crews will concentrate suppression efforts. High overnight humidity continues to keep fire behavior at a minimum. Crews are monitoring current and forecasted weather conditions, including the chance of additional precipitation over the fire late this afternoon and evening.

The Southwest Incident Management Team 3 assumed command of the fire Sept 24th at 0600 as management of the incident transitioned to a Type 2 Team. The objectives of the team include public and firefighter safety and protecting communities near the fire area. Challenges facing the team include difficult access and terrain, working in an area with heavy fuel loads, and active mining operations.

Resources: 5-Engines, 2-Dozers, 1-Type 2 Crew, 5-Type 1 Crews, 2-Type 3 Helicopters, air attack aircraft and miscellaneous overhead personnel. Air resources will be ordered as necessary.

Closures: South end Ponderosa Park to Lower Wolf Creek; Lower Wolf Creek to Senator Highway; Senator Highway (Forest Road 52) from Sky Y Camp at End of the Pavement to Palace Station.

Evacuations: Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department has lifted the evacuation for the residents located in the Look Out Mountain/Maverick Mountain Area. For assistance or questions please call (928) 771-3260.

In the interest of safety, the public is asked to not travel in the vicinity of Ponderosa Park, Lower Wolf Creek, and the community of Potato Patch as firefighters and fire-related traffic will be traveling in the area. Avoiding these areas will allow firefighters to work and travel safely during suppression operations.

  For further information please visit or call the following:



Johnson Fire

The fire received a good amount of rain today. Yavapai County Sheriff's Office has lifted evacuations.

Constitution Week September 17-23, 2019

Supervisor Thurman read a Proclamation at the Yavapai County Board Meeting this morning declaring the week of September 17-23, 2019, as "Constitution Week" in Yavapai County.  Present at the reading were representatives from Yavapai County Chapters of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution: General George Crook Chapter, Yavapai Chapter and Oak Creek Chapter. 

Agua Fria Meeting

This morning Supervisor Thurman met with the Agua Fria group and as part of the meeting they had the ADOT presentation on the I-17 widening project. The design involves widening with the addition of lanes on the inside of the medium from Anthem to Black Canyon City and the Flex Lanes from Black Canyon City to Sunset Point. 


Our Yavapai County Biannual meeting had record attendance!

Great turn out at the Yavapai County biannual meeting on August 29th! This was a great opportunity to share ideas and give updates from town Mayors, Managers, Supervisors, Tribe and Nation. Many thanks to all the Legislators who traveled to make this meeting. Senator Allen, Rep. Pierce and Rep. Thorpe. Also in attendance were representatives from Congressman Gosar's office, Penny Pew; from Congressman O'Halleran's office, Chip Davis; and from Senator McSally's office was Ann Marie Ward.  They all gave reports on their current  and future projects. We also heard from Yavapai College President, Dr. Lisa Rhine; APS Division Manager, Mackenzie Rodgers; and Prescott National Forest supervisor, Dale Deiter.  The meeting was hosted by our friends at the Yavapai Apache Nation and the facility and food were fabulous! Thanks again to all that were able to make the meeting!


Putting up the flags at Healing Fields

Supervisor Thurman was among the many volunteers on Friday morning putting up the flags and remembering the tragic loss of life.

It began as a simple way for one person to visualize and comprehend the sheer enormity of human loss that occurred in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
3,000 flags will be displayed at the Civic Center to commemorate the lives lost.
Schedule of Events:
Sept. 6-13
Healing Field flags on display around the clock
Saturday, Sept. 7th 7 a.m.
2019 Patriot Run
Saturday, Sept. 7th 9:30 a.m.
Blessing of the Fields
Saturday, Sept. 7th 6 p.m.
Patriotic Youth Concert
Tuesday, Sept. 10th 6 p.m.
Free Patriotic Community Concert
Wednesday, Sept. 11th 6 p.m.
Ceremony honoring those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001

All concerts & programs are at the
Theater on the Green

For more information visit

Vision of the Verde art collection

On August 23rd Supervisor Thurman was honored to welcomed guests to the “Opening Reception” of the Smithsonian Institute’s Water|Ways inspired exhibit at the Yavapai College Verde Art Gallery. This event was in collaboration with Friends of the Verde River.
Vision of the Verde is the collection of original art works that “depict, address and celebrate the Verde River.” Guests at the event were also able to meet the artist. A special Thanks to Linda Buchanan for her work on putting this event together. The event was very well attended and the art is definately worth seeing!
Other events include:
•WaterSim Arizona – An app, created by ASU’s Decision Center for a Desert City, that shows users the dynamics of water consumption in their own community. At Yavapai College’s Verde Campus Library, Friday, Aug. 26 through Saturday, Sept. 7.
• Book Discussion: The Emerald Mile – Kevin Fedarko’s groundbreaking book on the Colorado River is discussed Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m., YC Verde Campus Library.
• Wrenched – Film screening and discussion hosted by YC’s School of Film and Media Arts Program, Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m., in Room 137, Building M, on the Verde Campus.
• Closing Reception – Friday, Oct. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m., Verde Art Gallery, Bldg. F, YC Verde Campus.
Yavapai College’s Verde Art Gallery is located in Building F on YC’s Verde Valley Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive, in Clarkdale. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday.
Admission is free. For more information, please call (928) 649.5479 or visit:

Supervisor Thurman pictured with Linda Buchanan, Yavapai College Administrative Coordinator. The next picture he is with Chip Norton and Kathy Davis. The third picture is with James Perey, Executive Dean Yavapai College. 

Supervisor Thurman greeted guests with a welcome speach and in the fourth picture he is with Doctor Jane and Doctor Marshall Whitmire.

Northpoint Academy

Supervisor Thurman visited Northpoint Academy on Monday and spoke to a classroom of High School students about being a county supervisor and explained the operations of Yavapai County government. He went over the various departments and their functions then encouraged students to become active in their community by doing volunteer work and also explained the importance of voting. Thank you to Mr. Poole for the opportunity to find out more about the school and to meet the students!

National Award

The Yavapai Facilities Director, Kenny Van Keuren, presented the Yavapai Board of Supervisors with the

National Associaiton of Counties (NACo) 2019 Acheivement Award to the Board of Supervisors for the

Project "Restoration of the Historic Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza Fountain".

Purple Heart Proclamation 2019

At the Board Meeting today the supervisors approved a Purple Heart Proclamation declaring August 7, 2019 as Purple Heart Day.

Thank you to all of our Purple Heart recipients.

August Newsletter


Yavapai Regional MedicalCenter

Hosted by Yavapai Regional Medical Center Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11 AM – 12 PM Nutrition and Inflammation-Inflammation has been an indicator of illness and injury for thousands of years. There are certain #dietary factors that may promote or inhibit disease. Join Mary Treasure, DTR, YRMC Clinical Nutrition staff, to learn the role of chronic inflammation in the development of the #disease process and review the food and nutrients in promoting and inhibiting inflammation. Please register online for this free event at or call (928) 708-4636.

Cognition: Keeping Your Mind Sharp Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 12 PM – 1 PM Prescott Valley Public Library 7401 E Skoog Blvd, Prescott Valley, Arizona 86314. As you take in sensations from the world around you, the information that you see, hear, taste and smell must first be transformed into signals that your brain can understand. Cognition involves not only the things that go on inside our heads but also how these thoughts and mental processes influence our actions. Join us for an informative presentation where we look at cognitive functions encompassing reasoning, memory, attention and language which lead directly to the ability to learn. Presented by Kelly Smith, M.A., CCC/SLP.

Let’s Talk About Your Heart Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 1 PM – 2 PM Touchmark Health & Fitness Club - Prescott, AZ 3180 Touchmark Blvd, Prescott, Arizona 86301. Do you have Mitral valve prolapse or valve regurgitation? Have you had rheumatic fever or infective endocarditis? Maybe you have a heart murmur. Join us for an informative discussion about your heart valves and the new procedures and technology that are available to treat them. Presented by Dr. Saina Attaran, MRCS, FRCS, The James Family Heart Center at YRMC West. Please register online at or call (928) 708-4636.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 3 PM – 4 PM Prescott Lakes Apartments 2105 Blooming Hills Dr., Prescott, Arizona 86301. Alzheimer’s Disease is not a normal part of aging. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and much more. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association. Please register on line at or call (928) 708-4636.

Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters Are you an artist? We've extended the deadline to sign up to create a hot air balloon in your style for the children of Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters! Call Robin at 928-778-5135 or email

Mayer Area Activity Center (MAMOW) 10051 S. MIAMI ST. MAYER, AZ. 86333. 60 plus Program 2nd THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH—8:00 .to 11:00 a.m.—Must be registered Call (928) 632-7511

St. Mary’s Food Program—Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. to noon Outside East Door Call (928) 632-7511

Mayer Area Activity Center (MAMOW 10051 S. MIAMI ST. MAYER, AZ. 86333

FOR RENT: The Gathering Place, $50 up to 2 hours, $200 for 6 to 8 hours, $30 cleaning fee, Call (928) 632-7511

BIG BUG MINING DISTRICT, Monthly Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:30 PM Door Prizes Raffles: Gold Nugget & 1 oz. Prospector Silver Bullion Drinks Available Bring a friend! Mayer Rec Center 928-632-4965 10001 S. Wicks Ave.,

Mayer H.O.G. MEETING First Saturday of every month at 9:30 AM Followed by Hogs & Dogs Monthly Hot Dog Social Lunch 11:00AM-1:00PM Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson Shop, 10434 S State Route 69 Mayer, AZ (928) 632-4009

MAYER AREA MEALS ON WHEELS Breakfast & Coffee Shop, Daily— 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday-Friday Delicious Home Made BREAKFAST BURRITOS $3.00, BISCUITS & GRAVY $3.00, EVERY WEEK ALL WELCOME

MAYER AREA MEALS ON WHEELS Mon — Quilting at 9:00am

FREE CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP, every 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Mayer Area Meals on Wheels. For information call Kathy, 928-445-5211, Ext 2315. Sponsored by West Yavapai Guidance Clinic.

THE 2ND & 4TH THURSDAY Mayer Fire Board Open Meeting 

Open PUBLIC Meeting Mayer Fire District, Come and get informed!! 5 p.m., Monthly Every 3rd Wednesday 11975 S. Hwy 69


Burned Area Emergency Response Team Assessment Finished on Cellar Fire

  PRESCOTT, AZ, July 31, 2019 -Cellar Fire now 100% Contained. The Prescott National Forest Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has finished its assessment of the impacts of the Cellar Fire which is now 100% contained. 

Great news!!!

Arizona awarded $90 million federal grant to expand I-17

Grant will bolster improvements north of Phoenix starting by 2021

The Governor’s Office and the Arizona Department of Transportation announced Arizona has won a highly competitive $90 million federal highway grant to help expand and improve Interstate 17 north of Phoenix, including a flex lanes system between Black Canyon City and the Sunset Point Rest Area.The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant, awarded to the Arizona Department of Transportation by the Federal Highway Administration, will be used as part of an estimated $320 million project to add lanes along 23 miles of I-17 between Anthem Way and Sunset Point. Construction is scheduled to begin by 2021 and be completed in 2023.The improvements to I-17 north of Phoenix are one of the state’s transportation priorities because that area regularly experiences heavy congestion due to crashes, disabled vehicles and increased weekend traffic.The state budget recently passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Doug Ducey included an investment of $130 million in state funds to allow full construction of third lanes along the highway between Anthem Way and Black Canyon City as part of the larger I-17 improvement project.

Meanwhile, flex lanes along 8 miles of I-17 north of Black Canyon City will operate as a separate two-lane facility to carry one direction of traffic at any one time depending on need, with movable gates at end to control access. For example, the flex lanes will carry heavier northbound I-17 traffic on a Friday and southbound traffic on a Sunday. They also could provide extra lanes in one direction if an incident closes the regular I-17 lanes in the area between Black Canyon City and Sunset Point. Environmental studies for the I-17 corridor north of Phoenix are scheduled for completion later this year. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, this round of the Infrastructure Rebuilding America discretionary grant program is making available between $855 million and $902.5 million for projects that help rebuild America’s infrastructure.


Yavapai County Wins National Award

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has awarded Yavapai County with a National Achievements Award in the category of Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation for the restoration of the Historic Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza “Lady Ermintrude” Fountain. The award honors innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.

In 1910, an elegant fountain dubbed “Lady Ermintrude” was installed and graced the Courthouse Plaza for more than 60 years before falling into disrepair. In 1976, it was dismantled and placed in storage at a museum in Prescott.
In 2016, as the Centennial of the laying of the cornerstone was approaching, County officials discovered the surviving Courthouse fountain components and a restoration project began. A foundry in Alabama that had the original statue pattern was commissioned and the missing and broken pieces were recast. Yavapai County Facilities Department workers restored the basin to reflect its original 1910 style and the fountain was then reinstalled. A rededication ceremony was held on June 29, 2018 and “Lady Ermintrude” was unveiled to stand as a testament to the history of the Courthouse for generations to come.
The Yavapai County Courthouse commemorated its Centennial on October 15, 2016. As the original state capital of Arizona following statehood on February 14, 1912, the Courthouse was honored by being listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and recognized as one of the Great Places in America: Public Spaces by the American Planning Association in 2008.
NACo President Greg Cox said, “Counties implement innovative programs that enhance residents’ quality of life every day. This year’s Achievement Award-winning programs demonstrate how counties build healthy, safe and vibrant communities across America.” Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Awards program is designed to recognize county government innovations. NACo will recognize Yavapai County at its 2019 Annual Conference and Exposition, July 12-15 in Clark County, Nevada.


Give Crimes and Criminals the Blues

Special Concert and Law Enforcement Event at the Court House Square On Friday, August 2, 2019

On Friday, August 2, 2019, at 6 PM, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, and several of its law enforcement partners including the Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, and Tribal Police Departments, along with the Attorney General’s Office and others, will host the annual National Night Out Kick-Off Concert.
National Night Out itself occurs every year on the first Tuesday in August – this year, August 6, 2019. The National Night Out (NNO) campaign takes place all across the U.S. and is designed to raise crime prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood unity and spirit, and further develop partnerships between Law Enforcement agencies and the community. At the core of these programs is Neighborhood Watch – residents and business owners uniting with their law enforcement representatives to reduce crime.
The goal of this event on August 2nd, which is expected to conclude at 8:30PM, is to highlight and remind community members about NNO and provide an opportunity for the public to meet various law enforcement agencies in one place. Agency reps will be on hand to talk about their planned NNO activities, answer questions, and share crime prevention information. We encourage those in YCSO based neighborhood watch programs to attend.
For the 7th year hosting, local blues band “Road One South” will perform during the August 2nd event in conjunction with the Summer Concert Series. Their show will be tailored to highlight some of the many activities also occurring that evening including displays and information from various area law enforcement agencies, K9 officers, special vehicle displays, etc. Kids of all ages can meet Deputy Do-Right, YCSO’s child safety mascot.
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the music, displays and the opportunity to meet your local law enforcement representatives as we unite to “Give Crime and Criminals the Blues!”
For further information or details on this event, please contact Crime Prevention Coordinator Bryan Thomas at 928-777-7223 or Dwight DEvelyn at 928-777-7441 – email 


National Salute to Veterans Patient Week 2019

The Board of Supervisors presented Patricia Aljets and Rebecca Villapondo copies of the Proclamation at the Feb 7th Board meeting.

On Monday February 11th Supervisor Thurman visited our VA center and thanked the veterans that were there for their service.





Verde Valley Shark Tank Inspired Pitch Competition

This “Shark Tank” inspired entrepreneur business pitch contest is open to the public. Do you have a “moonshot” idea or an existing business you’d like to expand? Join other entrepreneurs and seasoned experts for this unique Verde Valley event, April 11th - 13th, kicking off with a hands-on business workshop series starting March 7th provided by the Yavapai College Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  Thursday, March 7th Workshop 1 – An Introduction to Moonshot and A Deep Dive into Your Business Plan This workshop will give you an introduction into the Moonshot Pioneer Pitch Competition, what to expect, and how to put your best foot forward.  We will also introduce you to LivePlan, a helpful online business planning tool, the fee for which is provided by the SBDC. Through LivePlan, we will help you create a vision for your business, help prioritize the tasks that you need to complete, set strategic goals, and set you on a path to success with your one-page business plan (your pitch). 

Mayer Library Recieves Renovation in Time for 50th Anniversary

A much-needed remodel of the Mayer Public Library begins this February! The library will be
closed for three weeks starting Monday, February 18th. It will re-open Monday, March 11th with
a fresh new look and a better layout to serve the public. Changes include a new circulation
desk, a meeting room for up to sixteen people, bring-your-own-device stations, new carpet,
updated furniture, and more!
The Library District encourages Mayer patrons to visit the library before the remodel begins and
check out as many items as possible. Check-out time will be extended from three to six weeks
beginning February 1st for all Mayer items. Mayer patrons who place holds may change their
pick-up locations to the next most convenient library by going to their online accounts, mobile
app, or by asking library staff for help.
Mark your calendar for the Grand Re-Opening and 50th Anniversary celebration at Mayer Public
Library on Wednesday, May 15th.
This project is being funded by the Yavapai County Free Library District, the Arizona State
Library, Archives & Public Records, and Friends of Mayer Public Library.
The Yavapai County Free Library District (YCFLD) operates fourteen branch libraries in mostly unincorporated
communities. The YCFLD also partially funds individual municipal libraries and fully funds the Yavapai Library
Network (YLN) operations, supporting a consortium of more than 40 public, academic, school and museum
libraries in Yavapai County.
YCFLD was established in 1987 by the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, who also serve as the Board of
Directors of the Library District.

Verde Connect project information

Following the award of the $25 Million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant for the Verde Connect project, Yavapai County has started partnering with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to discuss and develop a plan to move the project forward. To comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), additional agency coordination meetings with federal offices, such as the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are required. The additional coordination is intended to obtain input from local, regional, state, and federal agencies. To outline this coordination, the County is currently developing an Agency Coordination Plan that defines agency roles, participation, and timelines for involvement to successfully deliver the project. The development of this coordination plan is imperative to the success of the Verde Connect project. 

After all necessary agency coordination is complete, the County, with the help of their consultants Jacobs Engineering, will begin the environmental assessment and seek public input.

As additional information and schedules are available, project updates will be posted on the Verde Connect project website.

Congressman Gosar Introduces the Bipartisan Cottonwood Land Exchange Act

For Immediate Release:
Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Contact: Melissa Brown |

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released
the following statement after introducing H.R. 274, the Cottonwood Land Exchange Act, at the request of Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, in order to facilitate a land exchange between the County and Coconino National Forest near Cottonwood, Arizona for
the purposes of connecting separated tracts and consolidating land:

“The Cottonwood Land Exchange Act is common sense legislation that will benefit local communities and families in Cornville by allowing for expansion of Windmill Park,” said Congressman
. “The consolidation of the multiple checkerboards of land will yield significant benefits to the people of Arizona. This legislation is result of years of collaboration between Yavapai County officials, community members and the Forest

Yavapai County Supervisor Tom Thurman stated: “I applaud Congressman Paul Gosar and
Senator Martha McSally for their support and reintroduction of the Cottonwood Land Exchange Act. He appreciates the support of the original co-sponsors Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02), Debbie Lesko (AZ-08), David Schweikert (AZ-06), Greg Stanton (AZ-09) and Tom O'Halleran; and commends
them on their leadership. County officials, along with the City of Cottonwood and Cornville Community Association, have hoped and planned for over a decade to expand a popular County Park by acquiring an isolated 80-acre parcel of National Forest Land in the heart of Cornville. The proposed exchange is an ideal solution for both the Forest Service and Yavapai County, to expand Windmill County Park, streamline land and resource management for both entities; and expand protection of the Arizona Cliffrose by adding
369 acres to the Coconino National Forest and serve as an open space backdrop for the City of Cottonwood. There are no appropriated funds involved; and the exchange is a win/win for the entire Verde Valley. While it was disappointing to learn it didn’t make it in the last Congress we are inspired by the potential to get it through this time!”

Randall Garrison, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Yavapai County, Arizona stated: “The
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors wishes to thank Congressman Gosar, who authored the Bill, as well as Senator McSally and the entire Arizona Delegation, for their leadership and pursuit of common sense and Public good will. The ‘Cottonwood Land Exchange
Act’ will support Yavapai County’s goal in returning the use of public land back to those we serve, while also protecting our natural and archeological resources, which can only improve the lives of our residents, now and into the future. Your support is greatly

Original cosponsors of Congressman Gosar’s legislation include: Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02),Debbie Lesko (AZ-08), David
Schweikert (AZ-06), Greg Stanton (AZ-09) Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) and Tom O’Halleran

U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.

This straightforward legislation conveys 80 acres of Coconino National Forest land to Yavapai County in exchange for 369 acres of County land being conveyed to the Forest Service. The
isolated National Forest land is an 80 acre island parcel not contiguous or adjacent to any other Forest or state land that is surrounded completely by private or county land. The 369 acres of county land which the Coconino National Forest would add value
to the Forest Service system by connecting separated tracts of land already under stewardship of the Forest Service and provide greater protections for the Arizona Cliff Rose, an endangered species. The County has expressed that it would like to maximize use
of Windmill Park and make it easier for visitors to access by making significant improvements include adding a walking bridge, adding a new trail and expanding the park. As clearly outlined in the bill, the County has agreed to pay for the required land surveys,
appraisals, and any other costs necessary to complete the exchange.

Yavapai County Awarded $25 Million for Verde Connect Project

On Tuesday (12/11/18) the US Department of Transportation named Yavapai County an awardee of a $25 million, Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant for the construction of a new bridge over the Verde River. This bridge will connect the northern Middle Verde Road area, the Yavapai-Apache Nation, and the northeastern portion of the Town of Camp Verde to State Route 260. This project is referred to as the Verde Connect project.
Dan Cherry, the Yavapai County Public Works Department Director said, “This grant application was made in July 2018, following a frenetic assembly of information and written support from a wide range of communities, agencies, and dignitaries. The level of support received from those within the Verde Valley was humbling, to say the least, and undoubtedly played a big part in the success of this grant application.”
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Thomas Thurman said, “This project has been on my radar since I took over for Supervisor Davis on the Verde Valley Transportation Planning Organization. It is remarkable that we are the only awardee of this grant in Arizona and I am thrilled to see the efforts of the Yavapai County Public Works Department, and Jacobs Engineering, paying off to the benefit and safety of the citizens of the Verde Valley and all of Yavapai County.”                                                                                                                      Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Randy Garrison said, “This amazing opportunity is only possible because of the hard work and dedication that came from the Yavapai County Public Works Department, and Jacobs Engineering, as well as the support we received from every community in the Verde Valley including the Yavapai Apache Nation. Yavapai County has been extremely successful this year in obtaining grant funding for transportation improvements from the state and federal government. We look forward to the benefit this significant improvement will bring to the citizens of the Verde Valley.”

Community Meetings for Verde Connect Project

Cottonwood Meeting- Wednesday September 26th at 6pm Cottonwood Recreation Center,150 S. 6th St.

Camp Verde Meeting- Tuesday October 2nd at 6pm Camp Verde Community Library, 130 Black Bridge Lp Rd.

What is Verde Connect?
Verde Connect is envisioned to be a two-lane roadway and bridge across the Verde River
to connect the northern portion of the Yavapai-Apache Nation and the Town of Camp
Verde to State Route 260. For the last 25 years, this connection has been seen as important
for the region and has been identified as a need in plans dating back to the 1990s. It is
time now to plan ahead so the transportation system can function well.
Anticipated benefits of the new roadway include emergency access and increased transportation
route connectivity for the Verde Valley and surrounding area. The new roadway
would also provide some relief for locals to get around traffic congestion and would serve
as an I-17 bypass.
What will the meetings include?
6:00 p.m. presentation, followed by open house and one-on-one discussions with County
staff and study team. Study team members will provide an overview and report what we
have heard to date from the public survey at Your input will help
define alternative routes for the new road.

For More Information: 




National Public Lands Day

Saturday September 22nd Prescott National Forest will waive fees at the following locations:

  • Lynx Lake Recreation Area:  North Shore, South Shore and Lynx Creek Ruin
  • Granite Basin Recreation Area:  Cayuse, Wekuvde, Boat Launch, Playa and Metate
  • Thumb Butte Recreation Area
  • Groom Creek Nature Trail
  • Alto Pit OHV Recreation Area:  Day Use Site
  • Mingus Day Use
  • Mingus Lake Day Use
  • Hayfield Draw OHV Recreation Area

Cornville Annual Picnic and Flu Shot Clinic September 29th

Saturday September 29th at Windmill Park, the Yavapai County Health Department will be administering flu shots and the community association will be hosting the annual picnic!

Agua Fria Festival in Dewey Humboldt September 22nd

The festivities begin with opening ceremonies at 9am followed by the Old West Parade at 10am and at 11am join the Square Dancers! At 11:45 Don Fernwalt Cowboy Poetry, silent auction at 2pm and closing ceremonies at 3pm. Contests include: Best Beard & Mustache, Best Western Attire, Chili Cook Off, AND Raffles 50/50. Other activities are Western Arts & Crafts, Music by the Fireside Bluegrass, Fun games for Kids, Pan for real gold and a chance to win a Gold Nugget from the Prospectors! 

Shred-a-thon Friday September 21st

Beaver Creek will be having their first Shred-A-Thon Friday 21st from 10am to 1pm or until shredding truck reaches capacity, at the church Parking Lot located at 3705 E. Beaver Creek Rd. Bring up to 4 banker boxes (medium sized boxes) to be shredded on-site for free! Additional boxes will be shredded for a fee of $10 cash per box payable to the driver. Protect yourself from ID theft and FRAUD. This shred-a-thon is Made available by AARP ARIZONA in coordination with Your Yavapai County Supervisor, Thomas Thurman and the Beaver Creek Community Action Team. Questions? Please call Marlyn Van Keuren at 928-771-3393.

Cordes Lakes Days Parade September 15th

Join us on September 15th for the Cordes Lakes Days Parade. The theme this year is CARNIVAL! The parade gathers at the Community Center at 11am and proceeds down Cordes Lakes Drive to the 50's DIner. Craft tables are open and applications are available at the Community Center. 

2018 Annual Basin Operation Drill

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The drill took place at Powell Spring Campground near the community of Cherry.  Prescott National Forest, Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority, Jerome Fire Department, City of Prescott Fire, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, Bureau of Land Management and multiple other response agencies were involved. This was a chance for agencies to train and test equipment and systems used during a wildfire. 




Rabies Vaccination Clinics $15 in Black Canyon City and Cordes Lakes

Ruth James, DVM will conduct two Rabies Vaccination Clinics:

1. The Shell Station on Old Black Canyon Highway, Black Canyon City on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 10am to 2pm

2. Holly's Market, 15970 S. Cordes Lakes Drive, Cordes Lakes on Sunday, March 18, 2018, from 10am to 2pm

These are the last two clinics Doctor James will hold this Spring. We appreciate his service to our communities!

Camp Verde Community Clean Up

Camp Verde Transfer Station 2600 E. Hwy 260.

March 22nd, 23rd, 24th

March 29th, 30th, 31st

April 5th, 6th, and 7th

8am to 4pm

Accepting the following items:

Bagged trash only, Household Appliances, Auto Batteries, Tires, Furniture, Yard Trimmings

Not accepted:

No loose trash, No liquids, No hazardous materials, No ni cad Batteries, No Junk Cars, No dead animals, No commercial dumping



Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Donate $19,000

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has for the past four years, donated $19,000 to the Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy (AWIMA).  The County made the donation as a remembrance of the 19 firefighters lost in the Yarnell Fire on June 30, 2013.  The money will provide scholarships to the 2018 Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy.

Tony Sciacca, AWIMA Executive Director, was on hand to receive the check and said, “With the money the county is donating, and what we have been able to raise, the total going towards scholarships this year is $39,000.”  Tony went on to say, “We have seen over 11,000 students come through this academy since it was created in 2003 and this year nearly 200 firefighters will benefit from these donations.”

Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Rowle Simmons said, “This is a great organization and very much worthy of the money the county donates.  The training AWIMA provides is a major contributor to the safety of this county.”

Mr. Sciacca said, “It has been great to see students that went through this training years ago, get promoted up to the current Incident Management team.”

Spring Valley Library Now Open

On Wednesday February 28th, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, the Yavapai County Free Library District (YCFLD) Director Corey Christians along with Mayer Unified School District Superintendent Dean Slaga, and members of the community were on hand to celebrate the opening of the new Spring Valley Library.  The library is a partnership between the Yavapai County Free Library District, Yavapai College and the Mayer Unified School District.

Corey Christians said, “With the help of Supervisor Thurman, we went to the people of Spring Valley and asked if they were interested in having their own library.  The response we got back was very positive.”

The YCFLD received a $15,000 Library Services & Technology Act grant to get the library going. New books were purchased with the majority of the money. 

Supervisor Thurman said, “The library is for everyone in this room and everyone in this community.  You should use this library and allow it to open your mind to new possibilities.”


The library is located at 17320 E Mule Deer Drive in Mayer and will be open Mon-Thurs 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM and Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. They can be reached at 928-717-8118

Proclamations Approved at Oct. 18th Board Meeting




Red Ribbon Week /Portals/7/ProcRRAW_1.pdf

Supervisor Smith, Supervisor Simmons, Lois Schmittinger, Sharon Rickman, Miriam Tarazon-Felix, Chairman Thurman, Supervisor Brown, Supervisor Garrison

Breast Cancer Awareness Month  /Portals/7/ProcBAM.pdf


Supervisor Smith, Supervisor Simmons, Judy Puckett, Lita Nelson, Chairman Thurman, Supervisor Brown, Supervisor Garrison

Family Caregiver Month /Portals/7/ProcFCAM.pdf

Thank you to all those that brought proclamations forward for board approval.

Spring Valley Friends of the Library Forming

Would you like to help get something started that will greatly benefit our community?

Come to our very first meeting of the Spring Valley Friends of the Library next Monday from 2-4 at the Cordes Lakes Library. We are mostly interested in getting retired teachers to join. Of course, anyone who wants to support the library is also welcome. The Spring Valley branch library will open soon, if all goes as planned, in January of 2018. It will be located in a small building just before the bus park at Mayer High School.

A library acts as the intellectual and social center of a community. Come get involved!

Back to School BBQ

Mayer Community Meeting Tonight! July 21st


Friday -6:30 pm Mayer Recreation Center

There will be a community meeting in Mayer to explain services available for the flood recovery.

As a precaution Mayer Water District is asking residents to boil water. Water is available to residents at the

Mayer Rec Center and the Mission Church in Poland Junction


Cordes Lakes on July 1st at 10am

Join us for the unveiling of the "Freedom is not Free" bronze. Artist Marianne Caroselli will be there along with

Kevin Campbell who will sing the National Anthem.



Cornville Post Office Dedication June 24th at 10am


Remembrance Planned for Granite Mountain Hotshots at Courthouse Plaza June 30

On June 30, 2017, the City of Prescott and Yavapai County will remember the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished in a wildland fire outside of Yarnell on June 30, 2013. 
City of Prescott and Yavapai County will honor the hotshots with a ringing of the Courthouse bells 19 times at exactly 4:42 p.m. followed by a moment of silence. 
No formal ceremony is planned, but attendees are encouraged to assemble on the SOUTH side of the Plaza to hear the bells. The City will also place a commemorative sign in the location of the planned permanent memorial site, on the southeast corner of the Courthouse Plaza. 
“We can never say or do enough to show our gratitude for their ultimate sacrifice,” said Prescott Fire Chief Dennis Light. “We believe this simple yet meaningful remembrance is an appropriate way to do so.”

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